Heart Failue Research Network

CIHR has recently launched a $5M funding opportunity to support a single nationally coordinated, interdisciplinary heart failure research network.

The goal of the Network is to understand the underlying causes, pathophysiology and social determinants of heart failure and to improve the prevention, detection, management, patient outcomes, quality of life, and delivery of care of this common and multifactorial condition. This funding opportunity is created in partnership with Heart & Stroke, Mitacs, and National Institutes of Health – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH-NHLBI).


For an application to be eligible:

  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher at an eligible institution (see the CIHR Application Administration Guide – Part 4) at the time of application.
  • The Network must include a minimum of four (4) Teams (including the Indigenous Team), each led by a Principal Applicant (PA). With the exception of the Indigenous Team's PA, all the other PAs must be mid-career researchers. At the minimum, each Team must include in addition to the PA the following individuals:
    • Early Career investigator(s)
    • Trainee(s)
    • At least one knowledge user
    • A patient/caregiver/family member: In the context of this funding opportunity, this includes individuals with personal experience of a health issue, and formal and informal caregivers, including family and friends.
  • For the Indigenous Team:
    • The PA must be an independent researcher who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples OR an individual affiliated with an Indigenous community, group OR an organization with a research or knowledge translation mandate.
    • One knowledge user must be an Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper
    • The patient/caregiver/family member must be an Indigenous person living with and/or affected by HF.
  • The Network must include Theme Leads responsible for the Cross-Cutting Themes identified here. Note that one individual can represent more than one role. The Indigenous Peoples Theme Lead must be a person who self-identifies as Indigenous (or provides evidence of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous communities).
  • In addition, the Network must include individuals fulfilling the perspectives listed below. Note that participants including the PA can represent more than one perspective.
    • A minimum of four (4) experts from other relevant disciplines
    • A representative from each of the CIHR research pillars (Biomedical; Clinical; Health Services; Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health)
  • The NPA and PAs must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section).

Note: Applications must clearly describe the research team's commitment to engaging a diversity of members, particularly related to how they will address EDI in Network leadership, team composition and recruitment processes.


Registration Deadline: July 7, 2021
Application Deadline: December 7, 2021
Aniticipated NOtice of Decision: April 29, 2022
Funding Start Date: May 1, 2022

See Full Eligibility Details & How to Apply

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Canadian Institute of Health Research
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$5,000,000 for a maximum of 5 years
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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Internal Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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